Dec. 7, 2015
Monday, December 07, 2015
Delivering an address from the Oval Office for only the third time in his presidency, Obama said Sunday the shooting rampage in San Bernardino was an act of terrorism carried out by a Muslim couple radicalized by extremist ideology, though not directed by a foreign group. He cautioned Americans not to discriminate against Muslim-Americans, saying that would play into the hands of Islamic State and other terrorists.
The U.S. Supreme Court steered clear of a politically charged fight over gun rights, turning away a challenge to a law banning semi-automatic assault weapons and large-capacity magazines in a Chicago suburb. The justices left intact a federal appeals court decision that said the Highland Park, Illinois, restrictions don’t infringe on the constitutional right to bear arms.
OPEC’s new free-for-all production stance could lift the lid on millions of barrels of additional crude supply next year.
The number of asylum seekers making their way to Germany this year approached one million as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government struggles to shelter and register the influx of migrants fleeing war and poverty.
Iron ore sank below $40 a metric ton on rising low-cost supply from the world’s top miners and weakening demand in China, with investors assessing the impact of the first shipments from Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill mine within the coming days.
Beijing issued its most severe smog warning for Tuesday — the first time the municipal government has issued a so-called red pollution alert — after acrid-smelling haze returned to the Chinese capital.
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The U.S. Justice Department will open an investigation into the Chicago Police Department after protests over how it handled the case of a black teenager shot by a white police officer.
Counter-terrorism police in Britain investigated a stabbing at a London Underground station in which a man brandishing a knife injured two people and reportedly said “This is for Syria.”
Venezuela’s opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide, stunning the ruling party and altering the balance of power 17 years after the late Hugo Chavez kicked off the nation’s socialist revolution.
Turkey accused Russia of a “provocation” after a serviceman on the deck of a Russian naval ship allegedly held a rocket launcher on his shoulder while the vessel passed through Istanbul.
Many Americans are stocking up on weapons after the country’s worst mass shooting in three years. Gun retailers are reporting surging sales, with customers saying they want to keep handguns and rifles at hand for self-defense in the event of another attack.
Those struggling to make ends meet in Finland could soon get some extra cash, courtesy of the government. The Nordic nation is considering plans to hand over 800 tax-free euros to citizens every month. And it’s not just for citizens who are strapped for cash-every resident would receive a monthly payment equivalent to about $870. The monthly €800 payment would replace all other welfare, social security programs, and unemployment payments.
Syrian refugees are scheduled to arrive in Texas on Monday after the state eased up in its legal fight against resettlement agencies and the federal government.
The woman who along with her husband shot dead 14 people in California last week attended one of Pakistan’s most high-profile religious seminaries for women, the madrassa confirmed.
Ultra-light, fast and cheap: more than a century after the Wright brothers flew the world’s first powered aircraft, a small Slovenian company now hopes to revolutionize the aviation industry with its award-winning electric planes.
An earthquake measuring 7.2 magnitude struck Tajikistan on Monday, shaking buildings as far away as the Indian capital of New Delhi and in Pakistan.
The Islamic State (IS) group harms Islam through its intolerance, but “dialogue” with the jihadists is vital, the Dalai Lama said in an interview reported on Monday by the Italian daily La Stampa. “Islam is a religion of peace.
High-ranking officers in the Chinese army must hold their tongues about concerns over military reform and lead from the front to ensure the rank and file are on board, the People’s Liberation Army said on Monday. President Xi Jinping unveiled a broad-brush outline of the reforms last month, seeking further modernization of the command structure of the world’s largest armed forces, including job losses, to better enable it to win a modern war.
A spacecraft carrying much-needed US supplies blasted off toward the International Space Station for the first time in months on Sunday.
The wreck of the San Jose galleon, a Spanish ship laden with treasure of gold, silver, gems and jewelry that was sunk by the British in June 1708 has been found off the Colombian coast. It has been described as the holy grail of shipwrecks, as the ship was carrying one of the largest amounts of valuables ever to have been lost at sea. The cargo was worth at least $1bn.
A new U.S. intelligence report on ISIS, commissioned by the White House, predicts that the self-proclaimed Islamic State will spread worldwide and grow in numbers, unless it suffers a significant loss of territory on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria.
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. urged students, staff and faculty at his Christian school to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon on campus to counter any copycat attack like the deadly rampage in California just days ago.
Several sheriffs have sent out warnings in the wake of the recent Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, Mali and San Bernardino that Americans, now more than ever, need to get armed.
Top News – 12/7/2015
Netanyahu Source: ‘Kerry Is Replaced Soon, Let him Say What He Wants’
“Kerry’s scathing speech did not shock the Israeli government because everyone knows that he will be replaced soon. Everyone is busy with a countdown to the election of a different US president, and until then Kerry can say whatever he wants.”
‘Time of looking away over’: Germany warns Saudi Arabia to stop funding radical Islamists
Germany has publicly warned Saudi Arabia against further financing religious radicals globally. German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel’s demand to cut money flowing to the Wahhabis comes as some lawmakers are growing weary of Saudi-funded radical mosques. Gabriel stressed that the Saudi regime has been funding mosques known for radicalizing the Muslim population, including in various communities in Europe.
Syria slams US-led coalition deadly strike against troops as ‘act of aggression’
Damascus has labelled as an “act of aggression” the US-led coalition’s missile strike which killed three Syrian soldiers at an army base in the Deir ez Zor province.
U.S. attorney general to make Chicago law enforcement announcement
A person familiar with the matter confirmed to Reuters on Sunday that there were would be a “patterns and practices” investigation but would not elaborate. Such investigations determine whether the department systematically violates constitutional rights.
Op-Ed: Post San Bernardino — How stupid are we supposed to be?
So they lived the American dream, did they? And the president is keeping us safe, is he? So what if, as rumor has it, he hated Jews and maybe Christians. Doesn’t everybody? A regular Joe, Syed.
Britain joins Syria airstrikes, Islamic State loses ground
Government forces in Syria and Iraq, backed by Russian and U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, continued offensive operations against insurgents in various locations across both countries throughout last week.
7.2-magnitude earthquake, aftershocks jolt Tajikistan
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Tajikistan on Monday afternoon, shaking buildings hundreds of miles away in Islamabad and New Delhi. The quake struck at 12:50 p.m. local time, with a 4.8-magnitude aftershock about 25 minutes later. Two others occurred within an hour. A separate, 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit neighboring Kyrgyzstan.
Moderate earthquake 5.4 mag, 51 km SSW of Karakul, Tajikistan
A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.4 (ml/mb) was reported 51 kilometers (32 miles) from Karakul in Tajikistan on Monday. Exact location of earthquake, 73.2491° East, 38.609° North, depth 23.7 km. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 23.7 km (15 miles).
ISIS attack in Israel is just a matter of time
Israel will become the target of an ISIS attack, it is just a matter of time, senior security officials said on Monday. An IDF’s General Staff drill was carried out last week, which drilled a scenario in which ISIS carried out a big attack in southern Israel, leading to the deployment of a battalion of paratroopers.
Venezuela election: Maduro’s Socialists trounced
The opposition in Venezuela has won a majority of seats in the National Assembly, overturning nearly two decades of dominance by the Socialists of President Nicolas Maduro. Five hours after polling ended, the National Electoral Council announced the opposition had won 99 seats. President Maduro has admitted defeat, recognising “these adverse results”.
Iraq threatens Turkey with UN action over troop deployment
Iraq has threatened to go to the UN if Turkey does not withdraw soldiers it sent to areas near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul within 48 hours. Baghdad said the deployment was done without consultation and was a violation of national sovereignty. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu defended the move as routine troop rotation at a pre-established camp.
High-level India-Pakistan talks held in Bangkok
Sunday’s meeting in the Thai capital, Bangkok, was described as “candid, cordial and constructive”. Although Indian PM Narendra Modi invited his Pakistani counterpart to his inauguration last year, relations have deteriorated since then. Cross-border firing along the disputed region of Kashmir has killed dozens of people from both sides.
Report: NATO says won’t send ground troops to fight IS
NATO has ruled out sending ground troops to fight against Islamic State militants in Syria, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a Swiss newspaper, stressing the need to bolster local forces in the conflict. “That is not on the agenda of the coalition and the NATO allies,” he told the Tages-Anzeiger paper when asked about dispatching ground forces to accompany air strikes.
Kerry’s ‘one state’ comments cause consternation in Israel
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry set off an uproar in Israel on Sunday after warning that the country, through its continued West Bank occupation, will become a “binational state.”
Russia Advises Citizens Not to Travel Over New Year’s
The head of Russia’s consumer protection agency is advising Russians not to travel out of the country over the 10-day New Year’s holiday because of an array of health risks. Security risks already have been cited as reasons not to travel to some of Russians’ favorite vacation spots: Egypt, Turkey and Thailand.
Turkey angered by rocket-brandishing on Russian naval ship passing Istanbul
Turkey accused Russia of a “provocation” on Sunday after a serviceman on the deck of a Russian naval ship allegedly held a rocket launcher on his shoulder while the vessel passed through Istanbul.
Scientists Enlist The Big Gun To Get Climate Action: Faith
The cold hard numbers of science haven’t spurred the world to curb runaway global warming. So as climate negotiators struggle in Paris, some scientists who appealed to the rational brain are enlisting what many would consider a higher power: the majesty of faith.
Obama: Terror threat against US has entered ‘new phase’
In a rare Oval Office address, President Barack Obama vowed Sunday night the United States would overcome a new terror threat that seeks to “poison the minds” of people here and around the world, as he sought to reassure Americans shaken by recent attacks in Paris and California.
Shooter’s Mother Active In US Branch Of Pro-Caliphate Islamic Group
Rafia Farook, the mother of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook, is an active member of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), a Muslim organization that promotes the establishment of a caliphate and has ties to a radical Pakistani political group called Jamaat-e-Islami.
Top Headlines – 12/7/2015
Paris Defies Terror: Eiffel Tower Menorah-Lighting Brightens Paris, as Worldwide Chanukah Celebrations Begin
Amidror: If Iranian jets arrive in Syria, Israel would ‘only act if they threaten us’
Two wounded after stabbing attack in Jerusalem
IAF targets Hamas infrastructure in Gaza in response to gunfire
The collapse of the PA may already be here
PA leaders meet to seek mechanisms that ‘define’ relations with Israel
Netanyahu: Palestinians can’t accept idea of having a state next to Israel
‘Black flag of ISIS’ may be alternative to Palestinian Authority, Clinton says
Clinton aims to take US relationship with Israel “next level”
San Bernardino gunman obsessed with ISIS and Israel, dad says
Shooter’s Mother Active In US Branch Of Pro-Caliphate Islamic Group
In rare Oval Office address, Obama warns of terrorism succeeding
Obama acknowledges California attack was act of terrorism, confident US military will defeat extremists
Terrorism has ‘evolved into a new phase’ since 9/11 attacks, Obama says
Obama pushes for gun control, redoubled efforts against ISIS
Transcript: President Obama’s address to the nation on the San Bernardino terror attack and the war on ISIS
Democrats propose domestic security bill in attack aftermath
Clinton says term ‘radical Islam’ an injustice to vast majority of Muslims
Muslim Group Calls Out PC Culture for Being too Afraid to Take Down Islamic Extremism
Trump accuses media of ‘glamorizing’ terrorists
72 DHS Employees on Terrorist Watch List
Obama Made it Easier for Islamic State Jihadis to Enter on 90-Day Fiance Visas
Massive Senate report: Mexican AND Canadian borders are ‘significant’ terrorist pathways
Russia Advises Citizens Not to Travel Over New Year’s
Turkey angered by rocket-brandishing on Russian naval ship passing Istanbul
Turkey says it will to halt transfers of troops to north Iraq for now
Italian PM says ‘no thank you’ to joining US-led airstrikes in Syria
Assad: British bombing in Syria is illegal and will fail
Germany refugee influx sparks surge in racist hate crimes
German Vice Chancellor warns Saudi Arabia over Islamist funding
OPEC decision to keep output high pulls oil prices close to 2015 lows
Saudi-Iran rivalry sets scene for OPEC showdown over output
5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji
5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Lata, Solomon Islands
5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand
5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea
5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Neiafu, Tonga
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Shikotan, Russia
Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 21,000ft
Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft
Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft
Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft
Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 14,000ft
Tengger Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft
Mt Etna in Italy erupts to 10,000ft
Flood Threat to Escalate in Northwest US From Onslaught of Storms
UK army joins rescue teams amid severe flooding
Poor nations warn climate deal will fail without money deal
Scientists enlist the big gun to get climate action: Faith
Chinese Mother Testifies About 13 Million Forced Abortions a Year – It Amounts to ‘Torture’
NY Daily News: Christian Victim was “Hate Filled Bigot” Who Deserved to Die
Obama: Jesus ‘Values’ are in All Faiths
3-Y-O Boy Raped During Church Service, Parents Sue for $37.5M
Pastor Steven Furtick on Tithing: ‘It’s the Most Spiritual Thing I Do’
‘Stoner Jesus Bible Study’ Group Gets High To Get Closer To The Almighty
Apocalypse Chow: We Tried Televangelist Jim Bakker’s ‘Survival Food’
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Frontrunning: December 07
- Obama in speech to nation vows to defeat ‘new phase’ of terrorist threat (Read More)
- Clinton Urges Social-Media Intelligence Sharing in Terror Fight (Read More)
- Obama urges tech, law enforcement to address social media used for plots (Read More)
- NATO says won’t send ground troops to fight IS (Read More)
- Le Pen Scores Historic Victory in France’s Regional Elections (Read More)
- Germany: 965,000 Migrants Came Through November (Read More)
- Venezuela Opposition Won Majority of National Assembly Seats (Read More)
- The Kurds Trying to Beat Islamic State Have Lots of Other Problems (Read More)
- Dollar Climbs as Oil Drop Hurts Producers; European Stocks Rally (Read More)
- Turkey says has duty to protect soldiers in Iraq after Baghdad ultimatum (Read More)
- Should You Fear the ETF? (Read More)
- Beijing Issues Air Pollution Red Alert for the First Time (Read More)
- Draghi Still `Super Mario’ to Dollar-Thirsty Emerging Markets (Read More)
- Turkish economy risks losing ‘$9 billion’ over Russian jet row (Read More)
- Oil falls towards 2015 low on OPEC inaction, strong dollar (Read More)
- Iron Ore Plummets Below $40 a Ton as Global Glut Hurts Outlook (Read More)
- The Brazilian Billionaire Living in a Rat-Infested Jail (Read More)
- Electrolux’s U.S. plans in tatters as GE deal falls through (Read More)
- Go Easy on Sushi and Sake This Season, Brokerage Tells Staff (Read More)
- Justice Department to investigate Chicago police (Read More)
1) Pres. Obama concedes reality of war with terrorists despite denouncing view in past
Obama Says of Terrorist Threat: ‘We Will Overcome It’, New York Times (Gardiner Harris and Michael D. Harris)
California Attack Has U.S. Rethinking Strategy on Homegrown Terror, New York Times (Peter Baker and Eric Schmitt)
The War on Terror Escalates, Wall Street Journal (Editorial Board)
2) Popularity of ISIS reminder of weakness of theologically disarmed American worldview
Fear Ignorance, Not Muslims, New York Times (Editorial Board)
No More Thoughts and Prayers, New York Times (Timothy Egan)
In nations with significant Muslim populations, much disdain for ISIS, Pew Research (Jacob Poushter)
3) Effects of including women in all combat roles begin to sink in
A Victory for Women at War, New York Times (Mariette Kalinowski)
Obama Administration Weighs Changes to Draft After Allowing Women in Combat, Wall Street Journal (Felicia Schwartz)
Women in Combat: Why the Pentagon Chief Overruled the Marines, TIME (Mark Thompson)
Women in Combat Jobs, New York Times (Editorial Board)
In other news…
How the Planned Parenthood Attack Could Reverse the Politics of Abortion
, New York Magazine (Rebecca Traister)
Former President Jimmy Carter says he is cancer free, Reuters (Colleen Jenkins)
5 takeaways on France’s regional elections, Politico (Pierre Briancon)
Leytonstone Tube station stabbing a ‘terrorist incident‘, BBC News
Bye, bye, bananas, Washington Post (Roberto A Ferdman)
December 7, 2015
“National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” —John Adams, 1815
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Mark Alexander
“If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.” —George Washington, 1793
Today is the anniversary of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, “a date which will live in infamy,” as Franklin Roosevelt noted then.
The 9/11 Islamist attack on our homeland 60 years later was no less brutal, targeted primarily civilians, and rightly resulted in a war on two primary fronts, Afghanistan and Iraq. In addition to those major warfronts, President George W. Bush initiated clandestine strikes against Jihad terrorists around the world.
His objective was not only to crush terrorist power bases but to keep the fight on their turf.
After launching strikes against al-Qa’ida targets, Bush addressed the nation on 21 September 2001, saying, “Tonight we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger, and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done. … From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime. … As long as the United States of America is determined and strong, this will not be an age of terror; this will be an age of liberty, here and across the world.”
Unfortunately, as we have warned on the pages of The Patriot Post for the last seven years, Barack Obama’s political retreat from Islamic terror warfronts, predictably, provided a vacuum that was quickly filled by a more heinous metastasizing terrorist regime, the Islamic State.
On Sunday night, in a rare Oval Office address to the nation, Obama delivered some crafty teleprompted remarks on the most significant homeland attack on Americans since 9/11 — a coordinated Islamist attack on an office Christmas party last week, just hours after Obama claimed, “ISIL is not going to pose an existential threat to us.”
Notably, the brutal Islamist attack in Paris three weeks earlier occurred just hours after Obama claimed, “We’ve contained them.” And it’s no small irony that the last time Obama addressed the nation on a Sunday night was his announcement that our military operators killed Osama bin Laden.
So, I put on high waders Sunday evening so I could slosh through the water hazard of Obama’s “JV Team” mulligan, and what follows are some notable excerpts with rebuttal:
Barack Obama: Tonight I want to talk with you about this tragedy, the broader threat of terrorism and how we can keep our country safe. The Patriot Post: Better late than never.
BO: We have no evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas or that they were part of a broader conspiracy here at home.
TP: The list of intervened Islamist attacks and those that have been successful have grown rapidly under Obama. Take NO comfort in the assertion they were not “directed by a terrorist organization.” Anyone with Islamist predispositions and access to the Internet IS part of a “broader conspiracy.”
BO: [The San Bernardino attackers] had gone down the dark path of radicalization, embracing a perverted interpretation of Islam.
TP: Actually, there are countless young Muslims in the U.S. who support that “perverted interpretation,” but who have not acted on it yet. As FBI Director James Comey recently testified, there are now more than 1,000 active investigations of potentially violent Islamists nationwide.
BO: Over the last few years, however, the terrorist threat has evolved into a new phase.
TP: If by “last few years” Obama means “since our ill-advised retreat from Iraq to fulfill my election promise,” then yes.
BO: …decimating al-Qa’ida… TP: Astoundingly, Obama resurrected and tried to reframe his 2012 re-election campaign mantra!
BO: It is this type of attack that we saw at Fort Hood in 2009, in Chattanooga earlier this year, and now in San Bernardino.
TP: Has Obama finally recognized that the Ft. Hood and Chattanooga attacks were, in fact, “terrorism”?
BO: [Terrorists are turning to] less complicated acts of violence like the mass shootings that are all too common in our society.
TP: No, as noted above, these “less complicated” threats have metastasized over the last seven years under Obama’s lack of leadership. Last year, in a column entitled “Islamic Jihad — Target USA,” I wrote, “The most likely near-term form of attack against civilians on our turf, will be modeled after the conventional Islamist assaults in the Middle East, bombings and shootings, as we have now seen in Paris, London, Berlin, Sydney, Toronto, Boston, New York and Washington. This type of attack is low tech but effective in terms of instilling public fear with the long-term goal of civil acquiescence.” But the ultimate terrorist objective remains what OBL called “American Hiroshima,” a nuclear detonation in a U.S. urban center. Obama’s “nuke deal” with Iran greatly increased the probability of such an attack.
BO: As commander in chief, I have no greater responsibility than the security of the American people.
TP: As commander in chief, the future cost of Obama’s foreign policy failures will be catastrophic. Of course, he intends to invoice the next president with that bill.
BO: Our success won’t depend on tough talk, or abandoning our values.
TP: But all Obama has offered is “talk,” such as his “red line” with Syria. And, as I wrote recently, he is certainly not the arbiter of “our values.”
BO: If Congress believes, as I do, that we are at war with ISIL, it should go ahead and vote to authorize the continued use of military force against these terrorists. TP: Obama actually attempted to deflect his foreign policy failures to Congress.
BO: We’re working with … our Muslim communities here at home, to counter the vicious ideology that ISIL promotes online. … [Islamists] are thugs and killers, part of a cult of death. And they account for a tiny fraction of … millions of patriotic Muslim-Americans who reject their hateful ideology. … It’s a real problem that Muslims must confront without excuse.
TP: Name one national or even notable American Muslim leader who has publicly and unequivocally condemned the San Bernardino attack. As I have noted before, it is estimated that 7% of Muslims are “radicalized,” but in 1940 fewer than 5% of Germans were Nazis. How did that turn out? And, the day after the San Bernardino attack, Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch proclaimed that her primary concern was “anti-Muslim rhetoric.”
Predictably, Obama then turned his attention to “mass shootings” in order to promote his gun-control agenda.
BO: Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun.
TP: I will defer to Charles Krauthammer on this one: “Look, anything that will keep a gun out of the hands of [Weekly Standard writer] Steve Hayes I think is useful.” The good doctor was joking in reference to the fact that Hayes once found himself on a no-fly list, despite the fact that he, like 300,000 others on that list, have no known connection to terrorism at all.
BO: I know there are some who reject any gun-safety measures.
TP: Actually, there are tens of thousands of “gun-safety measures” on federal, state and local books now, but they are mostly unenforced or unenforceable. As George Will observed, most Americans have no intention of approving Obama’s efforts to undermine the Second Amendment: “This year on Black Friday … 185,000 Americans got background checks for firearms. That is a one day record in this country.”
In summation, clearly Obama and his minions are the “JV Team.”
Washington Post White House correspondent Greg Jaffe conceded, “The absence of big new policy proposals from the president reflects the lack of any low-cost or tidy solutions to ease the concerns of the American people after a string of deadly attacks over the past month.”
Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) was unequivocal in his assessment of the threat: “These are people who know exactly what they are doing. They are motivated by … calls for global Jihad, the defeat of all non-Sunni [people], and the establishment of a global caliphate.”
Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-TX) said it most succinctly: “The tentacles of ISIL now are not only in Europe but also in the United States.”
Obama’s shameless attempt to frame the San Bernardino attack as anything other than terrorism is absurd. His recent assertion that “we have a pattern of mass shootings in this country with no parallel anywhere else in the world,” is patently false. Not “anywhere else in the world,” not in the Middle East, Africa and Asia? In fact, even among Western nations, the U.S. is 8th in mass murder events with firearms. AND, regarding all murders in the U.S., if you are not associated with drugs or gangs, your probability of being murdered is on par with the safest nations in the West.
As for Obama’s presumed successor, Hillary Clinton, she insists, “I think it’s important to remind ourselves that Islam itself is not our adversary. This is not, and we should not let it become, a clash of civilizations. … The vast majority of Muslims are on our side of the battle.” Again, if 5% of Muslims are not “on our side of the battle,” we better re-engage. Of course, as Clinton said right after the Paris attacks, “We’re not putting America combat troops back into Syria or Iraq. We are not going to do that. … I cannot conceive of any circumstances where I would agree to [put combat troops on the ground].”
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Barack Obama isn’t the only one making noise about confiscating guns. The New York Times featured its first front-page editorial since 1920 ranting about the “moral outrage and … national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency.” Never mind that these guns are not functionally different from nearly all handguns, or that they’re barely used in crimes — in 2013, there were 8,454 murders with firearms and just 285 with rifles of any type.
After more irrational fear mongering, including dismissing the fact that gun bans don’t work because “at least [other] countries are trying,” the Times laid down the gauntlet: “Certain kinds of weapons, like the slightly modified combat rifles used in California, and certain kinds of ammunition, must be outlawed for civilian ownership. It is possible to define those guns in a clear and effective way and, yes, it would require Americans who own those kinds of weapons to give them up for the good of their fellow citizens.”
There’s a reason molon labe — the Greek phrase meaning “come and take” — is a classic motto of those who cherish their Second (and Fourth and Fifth) Amendment rights. What the Times is calling for, even though the editors would never put it this way, is for heavily armed government agents to forcibly take certain firearms from law-abiding citizens because these New York editors are afraid of them.
Do they have any idea of the bloodshed that would cause? And leftists accuse us of refusing to acknowledge reality.
Speaking before a Muslim lobbying group’s 10th anniversary dinner, Attorney General Loretta Lynch vowed to prosecute anyone the federal government deemed too critical of Muslims. “Now obviously this is a country that is based on free speech,” Lynch conceded in her remarks before getting to the inevitable “but.” She continued, “[B]ut when it edges towards violence, when we see the potential for someone lifting that mantle of anti-Muslim rhetoric … when we see that we will take action.” Lynch is setting up a straw man, just like Barack Obama did on Sunday when he kept insisting “we’re not at war with Islam.” No one says we are — it’s the Left that won’t admit radical Islam is a problem. Still, it’s an excuse to start prosecuting thought-crime. Lynch’s “greatest fear” is the “incredibly disturbing rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric” and she says the San Bernardino massacre “gives us a wonderful opportunity and a wonderful moment to really make significant change.” By the way leftist leaders talk, the Islamic State is a secular force devoid of true religion. They obscure the fact that it’s a radical form of Islam, and in so doing, they undermine the nation’s security.
No, this is not from The Onion. The Huffington Post is protesting the fact that some USAFA “football team members knelt and prayed — ostentatiously, publicly — in the end zone prior to the game,” Ret. U.S. Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson wrote. “They did not, as Christ’s disciple Matthew advises, put themselves in a closet; they prayed in front of the world.” And then HuffPo compared this to … religious oppression in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Apparently, Wilkerson thinks a pre-game prayer is akin to the crucifixions, beheadings and stonings radical Islamists perform in the pursuit of Sharia Law. As a result of a complaint by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the USAFA is investigating the team. But if the Air Force recived a complaint about a Muslim praying, the person speaking up would probably be the one under scrutiny for a hate crime. This is the same Academy that struck the phrase “so help me God” from the USAFA Cadet Handbook of oaths, as Mark Alexander noted in an essay in September. The Left may try to make an end run on religion in the ranks of the U.S. military, but the individual soldiers are keeping the flame of Liberty and faith burning bright.
Remembering Pearl Harbor
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“December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. … Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory. … With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounded determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt
On that fateful “Day of Infamy,” 74 years ago today, 353 Japanese planes attacked a military target at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing 2,390 American servicemen and civilians and wounding 1,282. The attack sank or damaged eight battleships, three cruisers, three destroyers and one minelayer and destroyed 188 aircraft. It took four years and the full military-industrial capability of the United States to defeat Japan.
It is with honor and respect for those who died or suffered terrible injuries that Sunday morning that we should never again fall into the slumber that allowed such a tragedy as Pearl Harbor — or the attack on Sept. 11, 2001 — again.
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Peggy Noonan: “Republican presidential contestants responded online to the [San Bernardino assault] with the only helpful thing you can say — or do, frankly, from faraway — when a story like this occurs. … Journalists, bloggers, contrarians and citizens jumped into the fray. Then the U.S. senator, Chris Murphy, came forward rather menacingly. ‘Your ‘thoughts’ should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your ‘prayers’ should be for forgiveness if you do nothing — again.’ … All this immediately won a name: ‘prayer shaming.’ … It is hard to pray, much harder than it is to punch out a series of tweets. What actually is irritating about politicians saying they’re sending thoughts and prayers is the suspicion you sometimes have that they’re not, actually, thinking or praying. … Why doesn’t some thoughtful candidate on the Republican side address the issue of shaming and silencing? … Why doesn’t someone note that you fight bad speech with better speech, you don’t try to tape up the mouths of an entire country. The censorship movement is radical. It is starting to make everyone in the country feel harassed and anxious. It is odd to see candidates miss a rising issue that is giving pause to so many Americans. I pray someone will address it. Literally, I just did.”
The Gipper: “The challenge of statesmanship is to have the vision to dream of a better, safer world and the courage, persistence, and patience to turn that dream into reality.”
Summing it up: “In the last five weeks, to put it in baseball terms, [the Islamic State has] hit for the cycle. They have a major attack that they conceived and directed in Rocca, that’s Paris; they’ve had an attack that one of their affiliates has done, that’s the Russian airliner in the Sinai; and they’ve had an inspired attack here in the homeland, that’s San Bernardino. ISIS is on a roll here. … While those three attacks have our attention, it’s the tip of the iceberg in terms of what they’re doing across Africa and in the Middle East.” —former CIA deputy director Michael Morell
For the record: “[Barack Obama] was demagogic on what he called, misleadingly, the ‘no fly list,’ suggesting that there is no argument for letting suspected terrorists buy guns. In truth, the terrorist-watch list that congressional Democrats want to use to restrict gun rights is much broader than the no-fly list; there is no due process for the people on it; and the people on it are in no serious sense ‘suspected terrorists,’ and the administration has no plans to treat them as such for purposes beyond restricting gun rights.” —Ramesh Ponnuru
Dezinformatsia: “They were two hate-filled, bigoted municipal employees interacting in one department. Now 13 innocent people are dead in unspeakable carnage. One man spent his free time writing frightening, NRA-loving, hate-filled screeds on Facebook about the other’s religion. The other man quietly stewed and brewed his bigotry, collecting the kind of arsenal that the Facebook poster would have envied. What they didn’t realize is that except for their different religions they were in many ways similar men who even had the same job.” —New York Daily News’ Linda Stasi comparing San Bernardino victim Nicholas Thalasinos, a conservative Christian/messianic Jew, to Islamic jihadi Syed Farook
Non Compos Mentis: “I think I can’t say definitively right now what led either of these two people [Syed and his wife] to pick up guns and become murderers.” —Attorney General Loretta Lynch (Oh yes, it’s quite a mystery…)
Late-night humor: “It’s come out that last year, a man was able to get past the Secret Service and speak with President Obama by pretending to be a Congressman. The Secret Service realized he wasn’t a Congressman because he was willing to be seen with President Obama.” —Conan O’Brien
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Instead of fighting ISIS, Obama wants to fight the Bill of Rights.
Obama began his speech with a cover-up, suggesting that Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik’s bloody San Bernardino massacre was not the work of ISIS.
Whatever dignity his Oval Office speech was meant to convey was lost in his opening sentences as his speech became yet another effort to claim that he hadn’t made a mistake by assuring Americans they had nothing to worry about from ISIS right before its latest terror attack.
The cold hard numbers of Climate Change science haven’t spurred the world to curb runaway global warming. So as climate negotiators struggle in Paris, some scientists who appealed to the rational brain are enlisting what many would consider a higher power: the majesty of faith.
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” 2 Peter 3:10-13 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: As Climate Change edges ever-closer to becoming the official religion of this lost world we live in, Pope Francis has become the leader in this globalist movement of Earth worship. If the unholy, childless “father” of the Catholic religion would only open his Bible and read what Peter says that God plans on doing with this sin-cursed world, perhaps he would have a burden for lost souls instead of trying to save a planet God is going to torch anyway.
It’s not God versus science, but followers of God and science together trying to save humanity and the planet, they say.
Physicist John Schellnhuber, founder of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, said he has been coming to these international talks for 11 years and essentially seen negotiators throw up their hands and say “sorry guys we tried our best.” And no one protested. But this time, with the power of Pope Francis’ encyclical earlier this year calling global warming a moral issue and an even more energized interfaith community, Schellnhuber feels the world’s faithful are watching and will hold world leaders accountable.
Pope Francis Urges the United States to Act on Climate Change
“They know they will be measured against the encyclical,” Schellnhuber, a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, said Saturday at a Catholic Church event. Ever the scientist, Schellnhuber said on Saturday he hadn’t seen any evidence yet during the first week of negotiations that this will happen, but he has faith it will.
In the first five days of climate change negotiations, interfaith activists came, fasted, talked to media, buttonholed leaders and prayed. On Saturday night in a downtown Paris chapel, hundreds of people, many of them prostrated on the ground, sang and prayed for the climate negotiators and mostly for the world.
Faith “is much deeper” than science, said Caroline Bader of the Geneva-based Lutheran World Federation.
And so are their numbers. Bader said interfaith leaders recently handed top United Nations negotiators a petition with 1.8 million signatures begging for meaningful climate action. Such action was also sought by Brother Alois Taize, a Catholic member of the ecumenical monastery, as he was preaching at the song-laden service about how the faithful and the world have to open their eyes to solutions to global warming.
“The environment movement, which has primarily been a secular one, has realized that over the last 30 years or so it’s not been that successful in achieving its goals,” Joe Ware of Christian Aid wrote in an email from the Paris talks. “Increasingly it has looked to faith groups for help in mobilizing a broader movement of people calling for action on climate change. They are actually natural allies as almost all faiths have a theology of creation care at their heart.”
Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a non-Catholic who advised Pope Francis on climate and is on the pontiff’s science academy, says he thinks this new alliance will play a major role in what he hopes will be a historic agreement.
But for Ramanathan, now a member of the Holy See’s delegation to the climate talks, it’s more than science or history. About four years ago he had a moment that he called “a revelation.”
He was presenting a paper on glacier melt to the scientists at the pontifical academy. It was academic and laid out the conclusions in cold hard facts. But then the chancellor to the academy, a bishop, added one sentence to the end: “If we want justice and peace, we must protect the habitat that sustains us.”
It was quickly agreed to and Ramanathan started to look at climate science not as an academic issue but an issue of justice, because those who are hurt the most by climate change are the world’s poorest 3 billion. He started volunteering, working with the poor and examining his own consumption habits, like how much he drives.
Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, said Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si is less about ecology than morality and fairness.
“Climate change is a global problem with serious social, environmental, economic, distributional and political dimensions, and poses one of the greatest challenges for humanity,” the bishop said Saturday. “The poor populations are the most severely affected even though they are the least responsible.”
Pope Francis, called a rock star by young religious climate activists, was not in Paris. But as he spoke to faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday he appealed to those deciding on climate change measures to show courage by also fighting poverty, saying “the two choices go together.” source
American journalists are told that ‘when writing about terrorism, remember to include white supremacist, radical anti-abortionists and other groups with a history of such activity’
There is a reason why every time you read a news story about terrorism in America, you rarely if ever feel you are being told the truth about the matter. In fact, every one that I talk with (and that’s a rather large number of people), all tell me that they feel that what the main stream media presents on a regular basis is a set up, pre-written narrative designed to advance the Liberal and Far Left position.
So with that, we present to you the approved 2015 guidelines (marching orders) from the Society of Professional Journalists on “how to write about Islam and Muslims” in a way that will help advance the Liberal position that Islam is a “religion of peace“. This is propaganda at the highest level, and another outstanding reason to not believe anything the main stream media has to say about terrorism and how it relates to Muslims. This information was taken in it’s entirety from their website, source link at bottom of the story. After reading and seeing the guidelines for yourself, you will never again wonder if you can truth the nightly news. Because you can’t.
On Oct. 6, 2001 at its National Convention in Seattle, the Society of Professional Journalists passed a resolution urging members and fellow journalists to take steps against racial profiling in their coverage of the war on terrorism and to reaffirm their commitment to:
The SPJ Guidelines for Countering Racial, Ethnic and Religious Profiling:
- Use language that is informative and not inflammatory;
- Portray Muslims, Arabs and Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans in the richness of their diverse experiences;
- Seek truth through a variety of voices and perspectives that help audiences understand the complexities of the events in Pennsylvania, New York City and Washington, D.C.
- Seek out people from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds when photographing Americans mourning those lost in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
- Seek out people from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds when photographing rescue and other public service workers and military personnel.
- Do not represent Arab Americans and Muslims as monolithic groups. Avoid conveying the impression that all Arab Americans and Muslims wear traditional clothing.
- Use photos and features to demystify veils, turbans and other cultural articles and customs.
- Seek out and include Arabs and Arab Americans, Muslims, South Asians and men and women of Middle Eastern descent in all stories about the war, not just those about Arab and Muslim communities or racial profiling.
- Make an extra effort to include olive-complexioned and darker men and women, Sikhs, Muslims and devout religious people of all types in arts, business, society columns and all other news and feature coverage, not just stories about the crisis.
- Seek out experts on military strategies, public safety, diplomacy, economics and other pertinent topics who run the spectrum of race, class, gender and geography.
- When writing about terrorism, remember to include white supremacist, radical anti-abortionists and other groups with a history of such activity.
- Do not imply that kneeling on the floor praying, listening to Arabic music or reciting from the Quran are peculiar activities.
- When describing Islam, keep in mind there are large populations of Muslims around the world, including in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, India and the United States. Distinguish between various Muslim states; do not lump them together as in constructions such as “the fury of the Muslim world.”
- Avoid using word combinations such as “Islamic terrorist” or “Muslim extremist” that are misleading because they link whole religions to criminal activity. Be specific: Alternate choices, depending on context, include “Al Qaeda terrorists” or, to describe the broad range of groups involved in Islamic politics, “political Islamists.” Do not use religious characterizations as shorthand when geographic, political, socioeconomic or other distinctions might be more accurate.
- Avoid using terms such as “jihad” unless you are certain of their precise meaning and include the context when they are used in quotations. The basic meaning of “jihad” is to exert oneself for the good of Islam and to better oneself.
- Consult the Library of Congress guide for transliteration of Arabic names and Muslim or Arab words to the Roman alphabet. Use spellings preferred by the American Muslim Council, including “Muhammad,” “Quran,” and “Makkah ,” not “Mecca.”
- Regularly seek out a variety of perspectives for your opinion pieces. Check your coverage against the five Maynard Institute for Journalism Education fault lines of race and ethnicity, class, geography, gender and generation.
- Ask men and women from within targeted communities to review your coverage and make suggestions.
- Cover the victims of harassment, murder and other hate crimes as thoroughly as you cover the victims of overt terrorist attacks. source
THE NTEB TRANSLATION OF THE SPJ GUIDELINES: Whitewash everything that is true about the murderous intents of the Qu’ran, and disassociate every connection between Islamic terrorist events like Paris and San Bernardino and even when calling it “terrorism” never use the word “Islamic” in the same sentence. By doing this you will greatly assist Dear Leader Barack in his question to nurture and support Islam as they continue to lay the framework for Sharia Law in America.
DEVELOPING: Mosque near ‘Clock Boy’ Ahmed’s Texas Home Connected to Terrorism
Posted: 07 Dec 2015 08:10 AM PST
A north Texas mosque, near the home of “Clock Boy” Ahmed, was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in United States history. The judge found there was ample evidence that the mosque, the Islamic Association of North Texas, assisted the Holy Land Foundation in funding millions of dollars to a Palestinian military terrorist organization that has killed Israeli children.
The Richardson, Texas, mosque, also known as the Dallas Central Mosque, was set up largely for the purpose of funding Hamas and terrorist activities by funding the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF). The foundation was based in the same city as the Islamic Association of North America – Richardson, Texas. The HLF was designated as a terrorist organization by the federal government in 2001. The organization was shut down and its assets were seized because the charity’s primary purpose was found to fund Hamas. Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and other governments. READ MORE
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|BREAKING NEWS – Supreme Court lets local ban on assault weapons stand
Posted: 07 Dec 2015 08:06 AM PST
In a victory for gun-control advocates, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected a 2nd Amendment challenge to laws that forbid the sale or possession of semiautomatic weapons that carry more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The justices by a 7-2 vote refused to review rulings by judges in Chicago who upheld a ban on assault weapons in the city of Highland Park as a reasonable gun-control regulation.
Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia dissented. The court’s decision, while not a formal ruling, strongly suggests the justices do not see the 2nd Amendment as protecting a right to own or carry powerful weapons in public. In the court’s only two decisions upholding gun rights, the justices struck down city ordinances in Chicago and Washington, D.C. that prohibited residents from keeping a handgun at home for self-defense. READ MORE
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|Churches on high alert as baby Jesus thefts spike
Posted: 07 Dec 2015 07:04 AM PST
At St. Anthony of Padua church in Soho, baby Jesus is on lockdown. The church discovered the hard way that security measures were necessary about 11 years ago, when the Jesus sculpture in the churchyard’s Houston Street-facing nativity scene was stolen — twice. “We have a 5-foot wrought-iron fence — someone athletic could easily jump over it,” the Rev. Joseph F. Lorenzo says. Since then, the church has installed a bolt in the Fiberglass Jesus’s back and attached it by chain to a nearby stone to thwart Christmas Grinches.
For good measure, St. Anthony’s added a few security cameras that, like the heavenly father himself, watch over the manger day and night. Stealing a baby Jesus from a manger has become a seasonal prank, the Christmas equivalent of smashing jack-o’-lanterns. No statistics exist on how many nativity-nappings occur at the holidays, but things have gotten more extreme in recent years.One incident in Haverhill, Mass., last year, where a Jesus figurine was replaced by a severed pig’s head on Christmas morning, was investigated as a hate crime by the FBI. READ MORE
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|Coca-Cola under fire over ad showing Coke handout to “Indigenous People”
Posted: 07 Dec 2015 06:58 AM PST
Consumer rights and health groups are calling on the Mexican government to ban a new Coca-Cola ad depicting young white people handing out Coke as a service project at an indigenous community in southern Oaxaca state. The ad has been criticised for its depiction of light-skinned, model-like young people joyously constructing a Coca-Cola tree in town and hauling in coolers of Coke. Mexico has skyrocketing rates of obesity and diabetes, especially among indigenous people.
The Alliance for Food Health is calling on the National Council to Prevent Discrimination to pull the ad campaign immediately. The alliance, a coalition of consumer rights and health groups, says it is an attack on the dignity of indigenous people and contributes to their deteriorating health. Mexico is a major consumer of soda and other sugared drinks. FULL REPORT
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|Famous museum sued over ‘White’ Jesus
Posted: 07 Dec 2015 06:52 AM PST
A man from New York City, age 33, has launched a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Museum of Art for hanging and displaying four paintings by Italian masters that show Jesus as a white person. The four at-issue paintings are “The Holy Family with Angels,” by Sebastino Ricci; “The Resurrection,” by Perugino; “The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes,” by Tintoretto; and “The Crucifixion,” by Francesco Granacci.
And all were labeled “offensive” and “racist,” and representative of “offensive aesthetic whitewashing” of Jesus, according to Justin Renel Joseph, who filed his legal complaint in Manhattan Supreme Court, Breitbart reported. “The implication that someone who possesses physical features like the plaintiff could not be the important historical and public figure of Jesus Christ … caused the plaintiff to feel, among other things, rejected and unaccepted by society,” the complaint states, the New York Post reported. He also said the paintings actually caused him “personal stress,” and accused the museum of giving wall space to paintings that represent “extreme case[s] of discrimination,” Breitbart said. READ MORE
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|DEVELOPING: Somali ‘refugee’ linked to San Bernardino terror attack
Posted: 07 Dec 2015 06:47 AM PST
A young man who came to Minnesota as a “refugee” from Somalia has been linked to Syed Farook, the shooter who, along with his jihadist wife, killed 14 Americans in San Bernardino less than a week ago. Fox News contributor Rod Wheeler provided a key piece of information about the case, linking the San Bernardino shooters to Mohamed Hassan, a known terrorist recruiter who has been on the FBI radar screen for at least seven years. What Fox did not report, however, is how Hassan ended up in the United States.
His family came into the U.S. as refugees from Somalia. The Somali refugee program has been going on for decades and has produced some of America’s most feared terrorists, even as the Syrian refugee program grabs most of the headlines.As WND reported in May, Hassan also helped radicalize Elton Simpson, one of the two jihadists who tried to storm into a Prophet Muhammad drawing contest in Garland, Texas, on May 4. Their plans to kill the participants and behead free-speech activist Pamela Geller were foiled by an off-duty cop who engaged them in a gun battle before they could enter the auditorium where Geller was holding the art contest. FULL REPORT
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|N.Y. Columnist Blames Christian Victim for California Shooting
Posted: 07 Dec 2015 06:41 AM PST
Nicholas “Michael” Thalasinos, one of 14 murder victims of Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Mailik, at a San Bernardino, California, Christmas party last week, was described by friends “an awesome man of God,” and a Christian “prayer warrior.” But on Saturday, New York Daily News columnist Linda Stasi, using harsh invectives, blamed the victim for the terror attack by the ISIS loyalists, characterizing Thalasinos as “a hate-filled bigot” who wrote “NRA-loving, hate-filled screed on Facebook” and now is “inaccurately being eulogized as a kind and loving religious man” and who “died as the male equivalent of Pamela Geller.”
In other words, he got what was coming to him. Stasi even suggests the whole massacre was probably, at least in part, Thalasinos’ fault. “They were two hate-filled, bigoted municipal employees interacting in one department,” she wrote. “Now 13 innocent people are dead in unspeakable carnage. One man spent his free time writing frightening, NRA-loving, hate-filled screeds on Facebook about the other’s religion. The other man quietly stewed and brewed his bigotry, collecting the kind of arsenal that the Facebook poster would have envied. What they didn’t realize is that except for their different religions they were in many ways similar men who even had the same job.” READ MORE
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|ISIS plot for world domination revealed in chilling detail with plans for education and industry
Posted: 07 Dec 2015 06:35 AM PST
The leaked document outlines how the terror group is trying to build a state complete with guidelines for education, natural resources, industry, diplomacy, propaganda and the military. A document outlining how ISIS organises the vast territory it controls has been unearthed – and the terror group is far more sophisticated than we feared. The leaked dossier outlines how the terror group is trying to build a state complete with guidelines for education, natural resources, industry, diplomacy, propaganda and the military.
The 24-page document ‘Principles in the administration of the Islamic State’ gives an incredible insight into the well-funded regime. Written by an Egyptian called Abu Abdullah, outlines how kids must receive “training on bearing light arms”. He also calls for a single identity for the terror group to unite both foreigners and locals and makes the case for establishing independent “factories for local military and food production”. READ MORE
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What is The Gospel?
God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.
The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.
God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.
But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.
This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.
God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.
God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.
Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.
There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.
The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.
The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.
If you picked up a hitchhiker (not that I recommend doing that) and he saw a Bible on your car seat and said, “I’ve heard about this thing called the Gospel – can you explain it to me before you drop me off in one minute up the street?” What would you say?
Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?
Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:
1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension
Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:
1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.
2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.
3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.
4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).
5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.
That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.
That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.
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